Staying true to our mission

Dear SK Enthusiasts

We would like to share our company’s position about salons selling professional color to clients for at-home application, primarily for grey coverage. We understand why many salons are offering this in this very uncertain time for everyone: it helps bring revenue to the salon and seemingly helps clients who are eager to cover their roots. We *totally* understand that! After much thought, prayer, and a lively and lengthy team discussion of the pros and cons that included all of our stylists, Salon Khouri decided we will not be selling home color kits to our beloved clients. Here’s why:

Using and applying professional color is a skill set that stylists develop over a period of time, with many hours of training and hands-on practice. There are many risks associated with applying professional color at home by those who are not licensed that could not only damage your hair, but leave your hair color uneven and blotchy, ultimately leaving you with a costly color correction appointment at the end of the day. Applying color without proper sectioning leads to uneven coverage of the color. When you overlap color while applying, bands will be left in the hair color, leaving a very unnatural result. And, if your timing during application is not precise, you will have dark spots and/or light spots in your hair color. And a most concerning possibility is the chance that you get color in your eyes when applying your color.

It has *always* been our mission to help you love your hair. Sending you home with professional color (or even recommending box color) is incongruous with our mission.

However, keeping true to our integrity and mission and putting your best interest first, and wanting to offer an avenue that will best serve you at home until we can serve you again in person, we recommend using our WOW Root Cover Up product that we can deliver locally at no charge or for $5 shipping. We are offering the WOW Root Touch Up product for $29 and are asking that you please purchase through us and not at an online retailer as we will be using a portion of the proceeds of sales of this to purchase grocery gift cards for our SK Team members who need them. Additionally, for every $100 we sell in products (Kevin Murphy, Eleven or the WOW Root Touch Up) or Salon Khouri Gift Cards while we are closed due to COVID-19, we will be donating ten food items to Dulles South Food Pantry. Additionally, we are drawing three weekly winners to win a $25 Salon Khouri gift card from everyone who purchases product or gift cards from us during this time.

Just a few benefits of the WOW Root Touch Up product:

  • Covers grey seamlessly, even covers dark roots and extends highlights without peroxide
  • Precise application, no mess like sprays
  • Never stiff, sticky or waxy like mascaras and crayons
  • Looks completely natural, mimics hair’s reflective qualities
  • Water resistant formula, you can even swim in it, but washes out with shampoo
  • No waxes, dyes or parabens
  • Can also be used to fill in hairlines and cover gaps to create the look of thicker hair
  • Does not permanently change your hair color

To see how easy the WOW Root Cover Up is to use and apply, please watch the following short video:

We can recommend the right shade of the WOW Root Touch up based on your formula that we have in the system. If you are not a current client, simply shoot us a text of your hair color and we can recommend the right match. To order, please send us your name and cell number via email, text (703.273.7878), or phone at 703.273.7878 and we will call you back to process the order. You can also order online via our Salon Khouri phone app (available in your phone’s app store) or via our online booking site, with instructions here. It’s a secure system for online booking and will securely gather your card. Choose “Product” when using the site and enter which product(s) you’d like in the comments.

 

With love,

Jonathan and Jennifer Elkhouri
And the entire Salon Khouri team!

Introducing: EVER.SMOOTH – A Heat-Activated Style Extender

INTRODUCING: EVER.SMOOTH – A HEAT-ACTIVATED STYLE EXTENDER

by Lori B.


The return of sleek styles was all over the runways this year. Models strutted down the catwalk with perfectly posh blowouts, brushed out waves, embellished braids, and swept-back upstyles. No matter the finish – straight, wavy, or curly – they all had one thing in common: they appeared smooth, shiny, and healthy! When it comes to recreating this look, it is all about the prep work that goes into the hair. To get the desired finish, our latest release – EVER.SMOOTH – is the styler you’ve been waiting for.

A product that treats as it protects, EVER.SMOOTH is formulated with long chain polymers to lock in moisture, shine, and the structure of your style. Apart from creating a beautiful, long-lasting look, EVER.SMOOTH addresses split ends and damaged cuticles with a network of protection that lasts well into your next wash. Whether your concern is frizz from environmental factors, damage from blow dryers, wands or flat irons, you’re sure to fall in love with this latest release – especially the aroma!

HOW EVER.SMOOTH WORKS
When heated, long chain polymers are activated to form a durable network of protection around the hair. Therefore creating a hydrophobic shield, which also contributes to the hold and condition of the hair. This technology is derived from skincare and allows the product to remain lightweight without compromising its effectiveness. The result is a frizz-free, silky smooth texture without the feeling of residue on the hair. Ultimately leading to a long-lasting style.

KEY INGREDIENTS
Long Chain Polymers
Heat-activated polymers self organise on the hair shaft to create a layer of protection by forming an invisible hydrophobic shield. Their effectiveness lies in the ability to lock in condition while protecting your finished style from environmental elements, such as humidity.

Wood Bark Complex
With a high level of antioxidants, Blue Cypress, White Cypress and Lemon Aspen act much like AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) to condition both the skin and hair. Gently protecting the hair, water-soluble Phyto-acids work to create resilience – further prolonging the life of your style from frizz.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

From the ingredients selected to the packaging used, EVER.SMOOTH is in line with our sustainable practices – using Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP) bottles and containing ingredients that were sustainably harvested and support community-led change.

“I look to ingredients that not only protect, condition, and smooth the hair, but they also need to be sustainably harvested and support community-led change. Our Wood Bark Complex derived from Indigenous Australian plants do just that. Blue Cypress, White Cypress and Lemon Aspen have been specifically chosen due to their high content of antioxidants that actually behave like an Alpha Hydroxy Acid for skin and hair conditioning.”- Kevin Murphy

Due to its lightweight formula and groundbreaking innovation, EVER.SMOOTH is suitable for all hair types – soft, fine, frizzy, flat or textured. During styling, it protects against cuticle damage. Further treating and improving the hair while cutting down on drying time and extending the life of your style.

Kevin Murphy 2019 Holiday Kits

We are SUPER excited to have the Kevin Murphy Holiday 2019 Kits in stock at Salon Khouri and they are already FLYING off the shelves – be sure to stop by soon or call us at 703.273.7878 and we can put a kit (or two or three!) aside for you! These make EXCELLENT gifts as they are already packaged in adorable gift boxes. Just add a bow and DONE!

For the thirsty person in your life:

Kevin Murphy Sweet Hydration Holiday Pack

SWEET HYDRATION

What’s included: 

HYDRATE-ME.WASH 250ML

HYDRATE-ME.RINSE 250ML

UN.TANGLED 150ML

Why they will love it: Our best-selling wash and rinse pairs up with our ultra-versatile celeb fave (Cindy Crawford’s a fan) UN.TANGLED.

 

For those who have fallen flat this holiday season:

Kevin Murphy Speaking Volumes Holiday Pack

SPEAKING VOLUMES*

What’s included: 

ANGEL.WASH 250ML

ANGEL.RINSE 250ML

SESSION.SPRAY/SESSION.SPRAY FLEX 100ML

Why they will love it: This lock-lifting trio delivers instantly plumper hair. The purse-size spray is perfect for touch-ups between holiday parties.

 

For the friend who likes to mix things up:

Kevin Murphy Fresh Mix Holiday Pack

FRESH MIX

What’s included: 

STIMULATE.ME WASH 250ML

STIMULATE.ME RINSE 250ML

ROUGH.RIDER 30G

FREE.HOLD 30G

Why they will love it: Suitable for men and women, this pack addresses the needs of all short hairstyles and keeps things interesting in the texture department.

 

For the blondes:

Kevin Murphy Everything Blonde Holiday Pack

EVERYTHING BLONDE

What’s included: 

BLONDE.ANGEL WASH 250ML

CRYSTAL.ANGEL 250ML

SHIMMER.ME BLONDE 100ML

Why they will love it: Give the BLONDE.ANGEL lover in your life the gift of lip-gloss like shine and shimmering colour with CRYSTAL.ANGEL and SHIMMER.ME BLONDE.

 

For bright and shiny object seekers: 

Kevin Murphy Shimmer Time Holiday Pack

SHIMMER TIME

What’s included: 

REPAIR-ME.WASH 250ML

REPAIR-ME.RINSE 250ML

SHIMMER.SHINE 100ML

Why they will love it: The holidays can be a trying time for everyone, including your hair. This restorative trio revives dull, lackluster strands for an instantly more refreshed ‘doo.

 

For those who need to smooth things over:

Kevin Murphy Smooth It All Over Holiday Pack

SMOOTH IT ALL OVER

What’s included: 

SMOOTH.AGAIN WASH 250ML

SMOOTH.AGAIN RINSE 250ML

LIMITED EDITION SMOOTH.AGAIN HAND LOTION 100ML

Why they will love it: Smooth and soothe from roots to fingertips with this sure to be fan-favourite.

How We Are Reducing Ocean Waste Plastic

Our hope is to turn this ….

 

Back to this …

We are proud to announce that Kevin Murphy will be re-working packaging on their square-shaped bottles to be made from 100% recycled ocean waste plastic. It’s true; they will be the first ever beauty brand to implement this practice, and they are hoping to start an industry-wide conversation about the heart of the issue: safe packaging disposal. As a salon, we are committed to doing what we can to keep our planet as beautiful as the day it was created. Through their new project, they have projected to save the planet over 360 tons of new plastic each year. We are excited to be a Northern Virginia salon committed to helping with reducing ocean waste plastics through this initiative.

Every minute of every day, one garbage truck full of plastic is dumped into our oceans, which has led to over 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently littering our beautiful water and affecting its sea life. Every piece of plastic that has ever been made – ever – is still here on our planet, and currently only 9% of our world’s plastics are recycled. KEVIN.MURPHY is committed to changing these statistics and reducing plastic in the best way they know how: by cleaning up our oceans and reclaiming that plastic to package their hair products in order to create a circular supply chain. They call this responsible packaging, and we encourage you to get involved.

As part of the KEVIN.MURPHY brand commitment to The Choices We Make, their latest initiative is a reflection of their unwavering attention to our environment through everything they do. This is an urgent call-to-action to help protect our vast oceans and marine life. Through this new initiative, KEVIN.MURPHY is aiming to change the industry standard on packaging.

Second and third images provided courtesy of Luis Murphy and Natasha Childs.

KILLER.WAVES

by Kyrsti Ashmall

WHO IS THIS PRODUCT FOR: Those with fine hair that requires definition and volume. This product is weightless, invisible and is as light as air. For coarser curl management, check out KILLER.CURLS.

The newest CURL on our block is here: KILLER.WAVES. This weightless wave-enhancer is your one-stop-shop to add volume, texture and definition for your locks, and will give you that effortless “mermaid hair” you’ve been dreaming of. KILLER.WAVES was created with the curl-haired girl in mind, as each and every curly and wavy head of hair is unique, and no two heads are the same.

Our new KILLER.WAVES uses the same technology that is used to thicken and lengthen eyelashes in order to make your waves feel and look fuller, weightlessly. Infused with Baobab Seed Extract, Hibiscus Flower Extract and Yerba Mate, our favourite new wave-maker moisturises and maintains your curls and waves while fighting frizz, adding strength and offering overall protection and manageability for your ‘doo.

Just as curly and wavy hair is personal, so is the combination of products needed to keep it just so. KILLER.WAVES acts as the foundation product to lift and volumise your hair, giving you the flexibility to create a routine that is as unique as your curl.

Watch our video below to learn more about KILLER.WAVES!

Ingredient Spotlight: Kakadu Plum

by Kyrsti Ashmall

Wave goodbye to dry hair with our HYDRATE regimen, which is formulated with a blend of powerful antioxidants and vitamins to nourish and moisturize your hair. Our ingredient spotlight this month is on Kakadu Plum, a super-fruit native to the Northern Australian Territory.

Rich in nutrients, Kakadu Plum contains a blend of powerful antioxidants and is known as the world’s highest source of Vitamin C. To the taste, this fruit has a sweet flavor with a pleasant bitterness at the end — but please don’t eat our HYDRATE-ME.WASH, RINSE, or MASQUE!

In addition, the Kakadu Plum found in HYDRATE-ME.WASH, RINSE and MASQUE is considered eco-friendly, as our source of this ingredient has developed innovative practices that ensure a sustainable approach in the extraction and manufacturing of this super-fruit. Our source practices green chemistry innovation, including a sustainable extraction process with friendly solvents and waste limitation. In addition they work on biotechnology processes to offer renewable sources so as not to disrupt biodiversity, and they use bi-products from the food industry to limit waste. Among many other practices, they also protect endemic species by using harvest cultures and encouraging replanting.

Together with the other ingredients in our HYDRATE regimen, Kakadu Plum helps to smooth the surface of the hair and lock in moisture. To learn more about our HYDRATE regimen, click here.

Summer Chlorine Conundrum

We were recently asked by one of our long-time clients, “what do I do about the CHLORINE?” She recently signed up for a charity Sprint Triathlon, Tri 4 Love, and has been getting in a lot of pool time. She’s noticed a build-up of chlorine on her hair and some drying of her highlighted ends. Here’s the chlorine-busting regimen we recommend to keep your hair healthy.

  1. Go into the pool with wet hair. Those signs that ask you to rinse *before* you enter the pool have a lot of wisdom. Not only does it give your body a pre-rinse to rinse away any sweat that may be on your skin, but it can protect your hair from chlorine absorption. When your hair is dry, it’s porous. When it’s wet, it’s not. If the hair is wet, it will absorb less chlorinated water than dry hair.
  2. If you couldn’t pre-wet your hair, use a little conditioner on your ends before getting in the pool. Don’t go crazy, just a light covering of your tresses will do. This follows the same theory as a pre-rinse: if your hair is saturated with good clean water or a good conditioner, the less likely it is for chlorine to enter the shaft of your hair.
  3. Rinse your hair as soon as you can after swimming. We aren’t talking a full-out shampoo, although you should do that as soon as you can, but rinse the chlorinated water out of your immediately after getting out of the pool. Yes, even at breaks.
  4. Use Kevin Murphy STAYING.ALIVE, an amazing leave-in treatment that moisturizes and protects the hair. This stuff is miraculous!
  5. Pre-wash your hair once or twice a week with Kevin Murphy MAXI.WASH. This detoxifying shampoo contains anti pollutant ingredients that removes build-up, such as chlorine. Apply to wet hair, massage in, leave on for one minute then rinse and wash with your favorite Kevin Murphy wash.
  6. If your ends have had it, use Kevin Murphy REPAIR.ME once to two times a week. This reconstructing shampoo has powerful proteins from Bamboo and Silk amino acids that will strengthen your hair while gently removing impurities.
  7. Come in monthly for a Kevin Murphy TREAT.ME hair treatment. Our fabulous, customized, in-salon treatment is just $29 and will be mixed at the bowl specifically for your hair-type.

 

 

 

 

You can still have awesome summer pool fun and not worry about the summer chlorine conundrum. Our amazing team at our Fairfax salon or Loudoun salon is standing by to help you LOVE YOUR HAIR.

 

 

COLOURING.ANGELS have arrived and blondes across Northern Virginia are giddy!

Meet our newest blondetourage: COLOURING.ANGELS. Our four new color-enhancing treatments add a lip-gloss like shine and tone to the hair to enhance existing tones, neutralize unwanted tones, and improve color longevity without building up on the hair. Packed with hair-loving ingredients such as Olive Leaf Extract, Green Tea Extract, and Grape Seed Oil, our newest ANGELS moisturize your hair while improving flexibility and adding protection for your locks.

Our newest BLONDE squad includes four color enhancing shades – AUTUMN, COOL, CRYSTAL, and SUGARED – to add subtle hints of color and incredible, illuminating shine and are $39 for an 8.4 oz bottle.

Our AUTUMN.ANGEL adds a soft, apricot rosé hue for natural, rose gold, or apricot-toned blondes, while our COOL.ANGEL magnifies cool, ash shades while removing stubborn orange hues from the hair. Use our SUGARED.ANGEL for a creamy, vanilla beige to mute unwanted warmth and create luminous toffee tones, or stick to our CRYSTAL.ANGEL to enhance your existing colour while illuminating your strands with this unique clear, top coat.

Following our cult-favorite BLONDE.ANGEL treatment, our four newest ANGELS fit right into our BLONDE regimen for your at-home color care to moisturize, enhance, restore shine, and refresh colored or uncolored hair. To use, simply cleanse the hair with the WASH of your choice and apply your desired COLOURING.ANGEL, leaving for 3-5 minutes before rinsing. You can use your ANGEL as often as you wish, as the pigments are designed to never build up on your hair!

Through June 30, 2018, we are offering an at-the-bowl, COLOURING.ANGEL treatment for just $5! 

What’s Inside KILLER.CURLS?

Killer Curls
Kevin Murphy recently shared some of the ins-and-outs of what makes the KILLER.CURLS product so great! We love sharing knowledge with you about our favorite products, and are excited to share these tidbits on KILLER.CURLS!

As you guys know, we love to talk about the natural ingredients in the Kevin Murphy line — ingredients such as honey, pomegranate and shea butter. You may scratch your head, though, when you run into words like Polyurethane-14, AMP-Acrylates Copolymer and Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate found in KILLER.CURLS. These are, shall we say, rather geeky names for substances which are actually extremely gentle and super beneficial for your hair! In fact, Polyurethane-14 and AMP-Acrylates Copolymer are “anionic ingredients found in many hair sprays, gels, mousses, lotions, pomades and other styling aids” which provide very strong, yet flexible hold. Sodium Polystrene Sulfonate is a high molecular weight sodium salt — versatile and used in many hair and skin products. SPS creates a “clear, flexible film that shrinks upon drying, quickly dissipates electric charge, remains stable among temperatures exceeding 300°C, and helps to reduce surface tension.” All of those amazing qualities equates to enhancing curl in your hair while allowing the curl to remain flexible with a lasting hold.

Curious about KILLER.CURLS? Ask your SK stylist for more information or pick up a mini on your next visit to Salon Khouri!

Kevin Murphy Hair Color Ingredient Spotlight: Pomegranate

We are SO in love with the Kevin Murphy hair color line and so are our SK Enthusiasts! They love how soft their hair feels, they love the depth and dimension of the Kevin Murphy color, they love the smell (yes, Kevin Murphy color actually smells GOOD because it has good things in it!).

We wanted to share a little about some of the ingredients in the Kevin Murphy color line. One of them is pomegranate. Pomegranate is known for it’s anti-inflammatory effects as well as for being a strong antioxidant and therefore anti-aging. As such, it’s the perfect ingredient to include in the Kevin Murphy color line!

According to wikipedia, the name pomegranate derives from medieval Latin pōmum “apple” and grānātum “seeded”. Possibly stemming from the old French word for the fruit, pomme-grenade, the pomegranate was known in early English as “apple of Grenada”—a term which today survives only in heraldic blazons.

The pomegranate juice in Kevin Murphy hair color comes from Turkey, Iran and Israel, and the extraction and concentration process is done in Italy. Most often seen in hand creams and lotions, Pomegranate is used as an invigorating and awakening agent for the hair and skin. In Kevin Murphy color, the Pomegranate works together with Honey, Shea Butter, Rose Hip and Aloe Vera to protect the integrity of your hair and ensure long-lasting color results!

Kevin Murphy Hair Color

This January, we are offering $10 in SK Cash toward your first hair color service! This includes color, highlights, lowlights, color or balayage! Offer expires Jan 31, 2018 and is not valid with other offers or promotions. Valid at our Fairfax and Dulles locations.